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From Silence to Heteroglossia: The Development of Feminine Self in Li Ang’s Fiction (1983-2005)

  • Author / Creator
    Guo,Zijuan
  • This thesis examines the development of feminine self in Li Ang’s fiction during different stages of her writing. Beginning in the 1980s, the rise of Taiwanese women writers has been one of the most significant phenomena in the history of Taiwanese literature, fundamentally challenging what has traditionally been a male domain. Women writers demanded to be regarded with the same respect as male writers. Also, they focused their concern on female inferiority in a patriarchal society. Li Ang is one of them. Not only does she illustrate the issues of women being repressed by patriarchy, but also she has worked out a feminist solution to those issues. In this thesis I will focus my discussion on three of Li Ang’s representative works, The Butcher’s Wife, The Labyrinth Garden, and Bewitching Love, to examine how Li Ang has re-established the female “Garden of Eden”, namely feminine self, in her fiction.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3348GQ7S
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of East Asian Studies
  • Specialization
    • Chinese Literature
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Lin, Jenn Shann (East Asian Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Davis, Walter (Art and Design)
    • Fried, Daniel (East Asian Studies)